New theatre group to perform contemporary take on 1950s movie

Published 9:00am 10 September 2022

New theatre group to perform contemporary take on 1950s movie
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

Performers from Ghostlight Theatre Co will do their own contemporary take on a popular 1950s movie and stage play when the curtain rises on their new show. 

The not-for-profit community theatre group will be performing Twelve Angry Men from now until September 24. 

Yasmin Elahi from Ghostlight Theatre Co is one of the producers of this show and has been overseeing the rehearsals.

“By the time the show opens, we would have been rehearsing for three months in total,” Yasmin said.

“We are a brand-new community theatre group that only started this year, so we are very excited and nervous.

“We did a show earlier this year as part of the Anywhere Festival where we got great audience numbers, so we are hoping for that again with Twelve Angry Men.”

The first show was held last night (Friday, September 9).

Written by Reginald Rose, Twelve Angry Men tells the tale of twelve jurors who must decide the fate of a teenager accused of murdering his father. Eleven of the jurors are convinced a guilty verdict should be handed down, but one juror has his doubts.

Twelve Angry Men was first screened in 1957 before the stage play was produced in the early 1960s.

Multiple adaptations have been done throughout the years, including the most recent television mini series called The Twelve.

Yasmin said the audience will get quite a few shocks throughout the performance.

“The show is quite dynamic and some of the scenes are very intense which even shocked me when we were rehearsing them,” Yasmin says.

“There are some very emotional moments, some very angry moments, and lots of physical movement – the jurors are not just sitting around a table the whole time.

“It’s quite a challenging story because it is up to the individual to create their own characters in the room.

“We have also decided to use gender neutral pronouns.

“Our philosophy is “not a safe space” because we don’t do anything that is safe creativity, and we make more controversial choices.”

Join the fun

Ghostlight Theatre Co was founded in 2022 and has three co-founders and roughly 30 members.

They are always interested in meeting other aspiring actors, and welcome members of the community to join them and audition for upcoming plays.

You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram for more information and updates.

Booking details

Twelve Angry Men will be performed at the KSP Theatre in Burpengary on September 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24. 

Tickets to the show can be purchased here.

The KSP Theatre is located at 1-17 Maitland Road, Burpengary.


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